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How to Design Your Garden Like the Zodiac Sign Cancer

The Cancer garden is a haven for those who love summer, the beach, and the moon. They'll plant a variety of fruits and veggies: especially melons. Their flowers will pop with color and diversity. The Cancer garden has a moon gate, gorgeous water features, and seashell mulch to prevent weeds.


How to Design Your Garden Like a Gemini

A Gemini garden should be a place of wonder, beauty, and excitement. There should be a blast of green flora, unusual flowers bobbing in the wind, citrus fruits hanging from branches, and serpentine paths. The Gemini garden is ideal for the meditative thinker and the party host who wants to dazzle.


How to Design Your Garden Like a Taurus

Taurus gardens are beautiful landscapes that mix all the charms of spring—fruits, veggies, and flora—with an appreciation for beauty and romance.


How to Decorate Your Garden Like an Aries

The Aries garden should be a blast of red. It should have a variety of plants, dazzling features, and plenty of entertaining sights for guests. You want your garden to be rich with flowers and fruits. There is also space to play yard games and experiment with an outdoor pizza oven.


Different Types of Mulch and Mulching: Which One's Best?

How much mulch is enough? Which mulch is right for your yard? How do you apply it properly? Learn the answers to these questions along with the many benefits of mulch.


Garden Tours Spark Inspiration, Relaxation, and Conversation

The next time you find yourself in a rut, take a walk and see what nature has to offer. Be inspired by what gardeners are doing to enhance our environment. Strike up a conversation. Take the knowledge you gain home with you. Create your own backyard oasis.


Great Plant Ideas for Your Poolside Landscape Design

Learn what to consider when designing a plant bed near your swimming pool. This poolside landscaping can create a lush, luxurious environment for lounging and enjoying your pool retreat for seasons to come!


Instructions for Making a Scarecrow

Whether you choose to install a scarecrow to protect your plants from pesky critters, or just want to decorate your yard (or porch) for autumn, building a scarecrow is easy! All you need are a few simple supplies.


How to Make a Latex Mold for Garden Ornaments

In this article, I teach you how to make your own latex mold for concrete or plaster garden ornaments. It is fairly simple to do and does not require any fancy equipment.


Microclimates Are in Your Yard

A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and want it to thrive.


Replacing Pavers With Concrete

What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's how we did our project, with instructions, tips, and photos to show the steps.


How to Create a Backyard Labyrinth One Step at a Time

I've included my step-by-step process of creating a backyard labyrinth near my garden beds for use as a walking meditation.


Top Tackiest Garden Ornaments You Love/Hate to See

What possesses otherwise sane and balanced people to fill their gardens with gnomes, black jockeys, and plastic flamingos? Take a look at this collection of wonderfully tasteless lawn ornaments.


How I Turned a Grass Lawn Into a Garden Plot

Here is how I removed a tough layer of grass and weed from my yard and converted the muddy clay soil underneath into a nice, fluffy garden plot for planting. No power tools needed!


8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders

Do you have an unsightly bare spot under your bird feeders? Here are eight easy solutions for transforming that bald spot under the feeder.


How to Build Rustic Stone Planters for Your Garden

Making a beautiful garden with rustic field stone planters can be very costly. Find out how to cleverly make your own version for just a few dollars or pennies and save a fortune.


How to Edge a Flower Bed and Produce Clean Curves

Is your grass getting out of hand, causing your garden beds or lawn borders to look unkept and messy? This guide will help you edge a flower bed with a knife for a clean, sharp finish.


How to Upcycle an Old Ladder Into a Garden Trellis

Looking for upcycling projects or ideas for what to do with old ladders? This article will show you how to make a DIY garden trellis by repurposing an old ladder.


5 Worst Messy Trees for the Lazy Landscaper

These five trees are the worst offenders when it comes to shedding leaves, branches, nuts, cones, or other debris.


How to Build a Raised Herb Garden Sanctuary

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a raised herb garden, including photos of the project that I did myself.


French Garden Design

You don’t need to have a backyard the size of the one at Versailles Palace to create a French garden. The same balance and eye appeal are easy to achieve, even on a limited budget. Take a peek at a few famous French garden examples and learn how to create a French-style garden in your own backyard.


Unique Yard Art: Rust Is Beautiful

Old objects that have been discarded in bygone days can be re-purposed as yard art. This article will look at some unique yard art that proves one man's junk is truly another man's treasure.


5 of the Best Low-Maintenance Plants for Landscaping

Landscaping can be very simple when you choose low-maintenance plants. Beautiful plants like hostas and daylilies will beautify your yard with very little effort.


6 Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Plants to Prevent Weeds

From golden creeping Jenny to Mazus, these low-maintenance ground covers grow thickly and spread quickly to choke out weeds.


Landscape Design Ideas, Styles, and Themes

Well-planned landscapes have an overall "look" to them that can be classified as a style. This article introduces native styles from around the world that are considered exotic in other locales.


Best Plants and Erosion Controls for Slopes and Hillsides

Live on a hill? Here are some different solutions to hillside erosion. How should you landscape these areas? What plants are best for these areas that will also sustain wildlife?


Home Landscaping: How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes

A how-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions have been included to assist you in making wise to avoid landscaping mistakes.


How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall the Right Way

To build a natural dry-stone retaining wall, prepare the site: plan for good drainage, proper width-height ratio, and distance between tiers. Lay high-quality stones and use a geotextile backing to ensure the wall lasts a long time.


How to Save Money on a Backyard Terracing Project

Backyard projects like terracing can be intimidating at times. However, it is possible to save some money on them when you do it yourself. Here are some tips on how to add up the savings.